Don Braden has performed as a leader or as a sideman in a vast array of venues. Concert halls include Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, McDonald's All American High School Band), Lincoln Center (Illinios Jacqueet Big Band, 1993 Battle Royale, Mos Def), Symphoy Hall in Boston (Wynton Marsalis) among many, many others. Club appearances include countless performances in New York's Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil (Sweet Rhythm), Birdland, and many others in the Americas, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia. Braden has also been a featured artist at many universities, such as Harvard, Duke, University of Southern Florida, University of Louisville, Princeton, North Netherlands Conservatoire, William Paterson University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Wellesley College and many others. Television appearances include Saturday Night Live, David Brenner, Joan Rivers (all with Wynton Marsalis), and several others.
Upcoming Performance Schedule
As of October 2020
Fall concerts are streaming and some are tentative because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for future gigs, when possible.
October-TBA: Don is proud to be the Music Director of the 4th Annual Texas Jazz and Blues Camp, which will be virtual for this year, featuring instruction by trombonist Andre Hayward, guitarist Murali Coryell, saxophonist Ponder East and many others.
October 23: Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA, "Jazz Upstairs" STREAMING Series, with the Don Braden Quartet, persenting and all-original program entitled "Tribute to Contemporary Masters". Featuring Art Hirahara (piano), Kenny Davis (bass) and Jeremy Warren (drums).
October 24: South Carolina Jazz Festival, STREAMING. Click HERE to watch -- with the Don Braden Quartet, persenting and all-original program entitled "Tribute to Bebop Masters". Featuring Oscar (piano), Kenny Davis (bass) and Jeremy Warren (drums).
October 31: Celebrate Halloween at Shanghai Jazz - Don with Karl Latham and Big Fun(k)
- Don Braden Organix Group featuring Vanessa Rubin: Vanessa Rubin - vocals, Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Big Fun(k): Karl Latham - drums, Oscar Perez - keyboards, Calvin Jones/Chulo Gatewood/Gary Foote - bass
- Braden Michels Project: Julie Michels - vocals, Dave Restivo - piano, Keiran Overs - bass, Daniel Barnes - drums
- Braden/Rapp Project: Mark Rapp - trumpet, Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Alvin Atkinson - drums
- Contemporary Standards Ensemble (various musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums)
Don Braden as a Special Guest -- With his extensive high-level Jazz experience, positive energy, excitement and musicality, Braden is an outstanding guest soloist for any kind of ensemble. He's great with young people and pros alike. He has over 15 big band charts at various levels available, as well as 4 pieces for full symphonic orchestra (with Jazz quartet.)